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[How To] Reset Or Refresh Windows 8 Without Installation Disc

Published July 20, 2013 in How To, Windows 8.


  1. good info, thAnks.

  2. I’m using Windows 8 Enterprise came from HP. Dont know why it is giving the error to insert media. Do I follow your method?

  3. Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try it and let me know how this goes :)

  4. Was looking for the same thread and googled it. Thank god I found the exact way, credit goes to you :P

  5. Worked like charm, thanks a lot :D

  6. I need help, cant find the sources folder nor windows 8 setup thingy

  7. Kapil Arya

    ^^ How do you installed Windows 8? The sources folder is in the same package you’ve used for installation :)

  8. hi kapil …i bought samsung new series 5 ultrabook with windows 8 but it does not came with the backup cd…the shop from where i bought the ultrabok said me to backp windows myself and i did it on my external hdd …now i want to refresh but it says insert media and when i insert my hdd it does nothing …and my hdd has a widows 8 backup in a partition …plz help as soon as possible …Thanks :)

  9. please help,can’t find sources folder

  10. Kapil Arya

    ^^ It should be there in the setup, please recheck :)

  11. kapil plz reply to my question …

  12. Kapil Arya

    ^^ Did you tried out the steps mentioned in this article? Let me know which step not worked for you, so that I can help you further :)

  13. Dear Kapil,
    I have uploaded windows 8 to my windows 7 home and after that updated to 8.1 pro.
    i have tried all options but nothing works. i have problem of no app working, no windows update taking place with error code 0x80072f8f for both the problems.
    now i have to refresh the windows 8.1. as I do not have back up cd how to get install.wim or other means. in short how to refresh to reset my windows 8.1 for “missing some file” message.
    r b vaidya

  14. Kapil Arya

    ^^ You would at least need the setup to proceed for this.

  15. Please elaborate the same or explain step by step if possible.

  16. Kapil Arya

    ^^ When you have setup with you, you can proceed as mentioned above. Inside the setup, look for install.wim file :)

  17. I do not understand what you are saying.

  18. I bought a PC with WIN8 installed. No installation discs came with it. Followed prompts to upgrade to 8.1. Since then my metro apps don’t work, as well as PC Settings and other problems. Same happened to my husband and he Reset back to WIN8 (also no discs, but his is a Dell and mine is HP). I can’t even do a system restore on mine. Have been using the internet from the desktop, but I want full use of my new computer.I have tried every “fix” I have found on various “forums” including Microsoft Support, to no avail. Many times I am met with complications preventing me to complete the suggested steps. My frustration is growing to the point of considering taking a sledge hammer to the cussed PC. Can’t afford a replacement, though. I was glad to find your article on how to reset w/o discs. Not too surprised to run into another complication :The “sources” file was found in $WINDOWS.~ BT and there is no install.wim there or anywhere on my PC. There is a recovery image on E: drive. I also was unable to create recovery discs on several attempts over the last year. HELP ?!

  19. Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer this to create System Recovery drive:


    Then you have to Reset or Refresh manually using System Recovery drive. Else you’d at least need the setup file to proceed according to this article.

  20. Hi, not sure if this thread is still active as it seems fairly old but I’ll give it a shot and see if someone can help me. I want to restore my old PC which I originaly bought with Windows 7. I upgraded to Windows 8 upon it’s release then later to Windows 8.1. I do not have any physical discs for the installation, so I tried to follow the tutorial but I at step 3 I got stuck, I found the setup folder under C:/Windows/ but it was almost completely empty it only had one file in it called state, which then contained a document saying: [State] ImageState=IMAGE_STATE_COMPLETE
    Does anyone know what this means or what I can do? please respond as fast as possible and thanks

  21. Kapil Arya

    ^^ You need to go Sources folder under Windows setup, not in system root drive.

  22. Would I need the product key?

  23. Kapil Arya

    ^^ Most probably, yes.

  24. Hello sir can i use windows 8 setup file with windows 8.1. Pls help me..

  25. when i computer turn on black screen how to fix

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